A love for the Marion community is evident in Jim and Gayle Sutherin. Jim, Gayle, and their two daughters moved to Marion in 1975 after six years of Navy life. Jim worked as an engineering technician for Floyd Browne Associates (FBA) for 45 years. Gayle also worked for FBA for several years and retired as a church secretary from Emanuel Lutheran.
In 2012, Jim and Gayle established the Sutherin Family Eye Care Fund through Marion Community Foundation. Jim’s mother had extreme eye issues and they wanted to be able to help others with eye problems to be treated through Marion’s Center Street Community Health Center. Gayle has been a Hospice volunteer since 2007 and has had the blessing of aiding not only OhioHealth Marion General Hospice patients, but also their families who are struggling to deal with the process of losing a loved one. Gayle considers this to be very rewarding.
Jim and Gayle are active members of First Presbyterian Church, serving as Elders, Deacons and Trustees. They volunteer with Love INC (Love In The Name of Christ) and helped start the Hauling Hope furniture ministry. These ministries have given them a true perspective of their role as Christians.
The Sutherin Family Eye Care Fund is a designated fund benefiting the Center Street Community Health Center, specifically supporting ophthalmic care, treatment, and services.